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Wed Sept 23 2020 12:15:15

Update in eBay Cyberstalking Scandal: 4 to Enter Plea

By: Ina Steiner

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Four out of seven former eBay employees charged with two felonies in a cyberstalking scandal will appear before a Federal Judge next month to enter a plea. Brian Gilbert, Stephanie Popp, Stephanie Stockwell, and Veronica Zea were charged by Information on May 22nd.

Bloomberg confirmed the four will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and conspiracy to tamper with witnesses (via msn.com).

According to the court docket entry filed today, the hearing will be conducted by video conference on October 8th. The four will waive Indictment and plea to Information before Judge William G. Young.

Former eBay employee Phil Cooke was charged by Information on July 7th on the same charges.

Alleged co-conspirators, James Baugh and David Harville, also former eBay employees, were arrested on June 15th and, according to Bloomberg, deny wrongdoing.

Update 9/24/2020A fifth person to plead.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Thu Sep 24 20:33:49 2020

@pace306

6 figures?????

I'm thinking more in the line of 7 figures in the 5-10 range

eBay did wrong and they'll have to pay for mistakes made. . .

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Fri Sep 25 00:11:37 2020

Try to contain yourself Toolguy. This blog has value well beyond any bag of coins, and has been run by those with a dedication beyond compensation.

If the Steiner’s chose to persist through such frightening intimidation, I’d imagine they’d persist even more when (if) most If not all financial challenge is eliminated, no matter how many commas may be ‘Disclosed’, or not disclosed. And if not, somebody will.

In fact Tool, why not see this as a perfect opportunity to start your own blog? Then you could hop around off topic to your heart’s content. And given your constant contention of issues being so minimally impactful and the “Likes” (tm) so prevalent, It should have a robust following.

Sis Boom Blah.

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by: shut1968 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Sep 25 01:11:18 2020

"We do live in the USA where someone is presumed innocent until proven guilty! "

As if any of the marketplaces take that approach when suspending sellers

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Fri Sep 25 06:14:16 2020

A) Glad the Steiners are safe. This was ugly on a sociopathic level. Very mafia like.

B) Ecommercebytes is part of if not the Steiner's entire brand. I am hoping that it does not go away based on the terms of a settlement. That will only show that eBay continues to shut down the truth.

C) Why  hasn't  this story been picked up by the major news outlets and 60 Minutes? It is big.

D) To the eBay Board-Are you not reading? What is it going to take for you to completely transform this company and rebuild it from the ground up?

C) I can't wait to read the book so I hope that those rights are not signed away in a settlement.

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This user has validated their user name. by: LasVagueness

Fri Sep 25 18:37:02 2020

Glad to see this put behind the Steiners, indictment by indictment, plea by plea. The more I personalize what they went through the more horrified I feel. Frightening and unnerving stuff. I agree with Rexford in that this corporate scandal should be a segment on 60 Minutes.  

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by: OnlyPollyPocket This user has validated their user name.

Fri Sep 25 21:40:23 2020

@ LasVagueness

or American Greed

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by: 227272 This user has validated their user name.

Sat Sep 26 08:09:47 2020

*HUGE* expose on this in today's New York Times!

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/26/technology/ebay-cockr
oaches-stalking-scandal.html?action=click&module=Editors%20Picks&pgtype=Homepage

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by: 227272 This user has validated their user name.

Sat Sep 26 08:25:46 2020

''. . .the most lurid scandal in the history of Silicon Valley.''

-New York Times

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by: zeek6228 This user has validated their user name.

Sat Sep 26 12:11:31 2020

1 year probation and $1000 fine?

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by: postbuster This user has validated their user name.

Sun Sep 27 07:25:38 2020

From NY Times Link:

''According to prosecutors, Mr. Baugh and members of the security team devised a convoluted and improbable strategy: to secretly harass the Steiners, and then offer eBay’s assistance in stopping the attacks — winning the Steiners’ confidence and manipulating them into favorable coverage of eBay. They called it “the White Knight strategy.” Inevitably, there was a movie screening: “Body of Lies,” a C.I.A. thriller about a fake plot that draws out a real terrorist.''


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Like I said,  They create problems too look like they are the ones who fix it.
It happens with their business practice, and now they went to terrorist methods.
It's they only way they know how to operate.  How can we support such an inferior mentality?
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From NY Times Link:

''Managers also ordered up fake dossiers on the Steiners as persons of interest themselves, for the purpose of sharing them with police — to “make them look crazy,” as one of them put it, and discredit their harassment complaints.

Meanwhile, members of the security team wrote emails to one another to create the appearance that they had just discovered the @Tui_Elei tweets, and one of them, Brian Gilbert, phoned the Steiners, ostensibly to offer eBay’s support — the final step of the “white knight” strategy. “Just made phone contact,” Mr. Gilbert informed the team afterward. “They are totally rattled and immediately referred me to Natick PD.”

For hours, prosecutors say, the team workshopped cover stories to mislead the Natick authorities, and at one point considered enlisting a “friendly” in a Bay Area police department to provide falsified security camera footage. The next day, Aug. 22, Mr. Gilbert met with Natick detectives. According to records produced by prosecutors, the confident tone of the security team’s communications changed almost immediately.''


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Is this how they are 'striving' to make a better marketplace??


Thank you @ 227272
for posting the link.  
I just wish that this story went more public... Viral.

Sure would be nice to rub this in the faces of the Cheerleaders.

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by: notfunanymore This user has validated their user name.

Sun Sep 27 08:19:07 2020

https://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Inside-eBay-s-Cockroach-Cult-T
he-Ghastly-Story-15599604.php

Ina,
I can’t imagine going through this. And to think, these “executives” all landed new jobs, the head of the bad fish walked away with $ 50 million + is even more disturbing. AND, the other now works for boys and girls club!??  I loathe corporate America at every level

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Sun Sep 27 12:01:38 2020

REX :) - the story also made Drudge

"Inside EBAY cockroach cult: Ghastly story of stalking scandal..."

Ina held out on us - she never told us about the roaches!

All of them are guilty - including the 2 idiots at the top.

https://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Inside-eBay-s-Cock
roach-Cult-The-Ghastly-Story-15599604.php

eBay
has a "Global Security and Resiliency (Dept), consisting of dozens of people, including retired police captains and former security consultants. <-- what on earth for ?

“This was a determined, systematic effort by senior employees of a major company to destroy the lives of a couple in Natick,” said the U.S. attorney in Boston, Andrew Lelling, at a news conference, “all because they published content the company executives didn’t like.”

In 18 months, eBay fired at least a dozen analysts. When Florence protested, his firm was fired, too.

But its WAY to far fetched for some here when we explain that eBays ENTIRE MO is to steal and hurt its sellers.

Publicly, Wenig celebrated eBay’s five community values — among them, “People are basically good” and “We encourage you to treat others the way you want to be treated.” But together, he and Wymer worked to forge a more combative eBay, one that drew less inspiration from the Golden Rule and more from “The Sopranos.”

Ive ONLY said it 1000000x times - eBay and that IDIOT GRIFF, the 2 from Walmart and ALL the other enablers who created/create an atmosphere of hate and distrust - and of course MAFIOSO behaviors.

Whether Steiner was breaking news about questionable expenditures, such as a pub eBay built on its campus, or marking more innocuous developments, Wenig seemed to find her existence infuriating. On May 31, 2019, she wrote that he had “promised to give sellers greater protection” from fraudulent buyers.

“Shockingly reasonable ...” Wymer wrote to Wenig.

“I couldn’t care less what she says,” the CEO responded, adding: “Take her down.”

Right - so now some smarty pants/skirt can come here and explain in the finest of details why/how eBay is honor bound and dutiful to TRY and give you back some of your own money - when they should HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH IT TO BEGIN WITH.

‘DO I HAVE UR ATTENTION NOW????’

Yes and it drove me and others to other sites - happy ?

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by: mindelec This user has validated their user name.

Sun Sep 27 15:40:07 2020

@ 227272

thanks for posting that, i had missed the whole story when it happened, it was worse than i could have imagined.

i do not understand how wenig got dismissed with a huge compensation package and not arrested.

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by: Shanna This user has validated their user name.

Sun Sep 27 16:09:25 2020

The peon women are looking at minimum sentences, no prior records, not in charge, and presumably they are talking to the FBI. The head of security and the former cop are going to be nailed for the coverup, tampering with evidence, lying to the FBI and witness intimidation. They will be facing years in prison. Of course they could turn on Wymer and Wenig, going to get interesting.

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by: Mark4 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Sep 28 12:03:04 2020

Made CNN this morning. When does the leader of this mess, Devin Wenig get arrested? These were his orders.  

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